• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • Cave Lighting Project

    We are undergoing a year-long lighting project in the cavern. Please be aware of caution tape along pathways inside the cave and use due care.

Mosses and Liverworts

The park’s diversity of tiny plants is displayed. Among them are the flat, turquoise-colored liverworts and the bright green mosses. This picture also shows lichens, algae, and spikemoss.
The park’s diversity of tiny plants is displayed. Among them are the flat, turquoise-colored liverworts and the bright green mosses. This picture also shows lichens, algae and spikemoss.
NPS Photo by Renée West
 
The park’s mosses and liverworts are part of the living soil crusts, as described under Lichens.

Did You Know?

The natural entrance of Carlsbad Cavern.

In 2003, a park employee found a piece of a stone scraper within view of Carlsbad Cavern's entrance that goes back to Ice Age Indian hunters. In 2004, archeologists found fragments of two spear points of the Midland-style Paleo Indian projectile points of some 10,000 years ago.